Thermal Resources Management wins US contracts worth £1m

A Washington manufacturer has won a raft of contracts worth more than £1m in the USA and is preparing to secure more new work in the Middle East

Thermal Resources Management group (TRM), which makes mineral-insulated trace heating and temperature measurement products, has won projects in the US to supply products to solar thermal power stations in Arizona, California and Nevada.

The firm’s buoyant overseas sales means it is also in a position to take on infrastructure projects worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in universities and schools across Kuwait and Qatar.

The company, which was set up in 2001, now has a multi-million pound turnover with its end-of-year accounts due in November.

Among the products it manufactures is critical fireproof cabling for high-storey buildings and underground systems across the world.

Managing director, Doug Dooley, said: “The cables can withstand temperatures of around 1,000 degrees and are used in fire safety and alarm systems in high-rise buildings and underground.

“The cabling contains magnesium oxide which is the key ingredient as it means the cable does not give off fumes or gas at high temperatures when people may be trying to get out of a building during a fire.”

As the UK’s only manufacturer of mineral-insulated heating and thermoelectric wiring cables, TRM has tripled the size of its office space over 10 years from 15,000sq ft to 45,000sq ft. It has also expanded its production line capabilities three-fold.

The firm is now expected to bring in more large contracts in the coming months from new markets such as Brazil and Africa.

TRM Group is made up of three companies – MICC, TRM and TET – and employs 93 people at its global headquarters in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The firm, which was started by four former managers of Hebburn company BICC, now has three Washington factories as well as plants in India, China and Toronto in Canada.

TRM supplies a range of industries including the oil and gas, aerospace, petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Specialising in working in hazardous areas, the company supplies all of the UK’s nuclear power stations.

Dooley added: “The continued growth of our business via our successful global export activities is providing a secure and stable future for our employees. Our apprentices are our future so we are continually investing in staff training tailored to the individual’s current needs and future aspirations.”

To support the growth, the firm has appointed Naomi Hartley, 20, from Birtley, as accounts assistant, through Chester-le-Street-based Access Training. Hartley will work in TRM’s accounts department.

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